Markets in the Philippines often showcase a combination local produce products and goods from their neighboring countries like China. In some markets’ nooks, local artisans sell their works for a cheap price. It is the place as well to have a glimpse of how locals live their everyday lives.
What can be found in the markets greatly depends on the islands and the season you are traveling. Aside from the common tropical fruits like bananas and mangoes, famous fruits are often associated with places. Markets in major cities in Mindanao like Davao have cheap durian and mangosteen, Bukidnon tons of pineapples, Camiguin its rows of Mambajao lanzones, Guimaras its sweet mangoes, and Baguio its strawberries to name some. Bazaars, weekend markets, and flea markets are scattered all over the country as well. Some of the most interesting local stories can be heard from the markets all over the Philippines. Exploring its markets is as insightful as encountering the country’s hidden gems.
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